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If you are working on your plan for next year and it includes leasing land take a look at this sample lease agreement. This agreement compiled by Land for Good outlines the basics of what should be included in a year to year lease agreement.
Help new farmers succeed!
Penn State Extension is looking for host sites for demonstrating best management practices and helping beginning farmers succeed. Be a ‘Model for the Future’!
Susan Schoenian is an Extension Sheep & Goat Specialist at the University of Maryland's Western Maryland Research & Education Center in Keedysville. She has put together an extensive listing of Ethinic Holidays that may be useful to consider while you create or expand your marketing plan for your lamb and goat meat.
As corn harvest progresses, don't overlook corn stalks as a feed resource for your beef cattle.
To reduce apple scab risk for next season, growers are encouraged to spray a fall application of urea as close to leaf drop as possible. Prune out fire blight strikes now while they are still visible on the tree to prevent cankers from overwintering. For those battling bacterial canker, copper applications are recommended since autumn is an optimal time for high bacterial populations. Additional disease management strategies are also discussed.
Local soils and climatic conditions favor the production of apples with the highest fruit quality, which has been a competitive advantage for the Mid-Atlantic fruit industry over the years. There is a growing interest among consumers for hard cider, and during a January 13th workshop, producers exploring alternative markets for apples will learn how to establish a hard cider orchard and also important considerations for cider production. Register early as space is limited!
The changing of the color of the leaves and the advent of falling temperatures at night along with pumpkin, broccoli, potato and apple harvest signals to me that cooler weather is just around the corner. Having worked many years with irrigation systems and drip irrigation systems in particular, I thought that this would be an appropriate time to share with you some tips on winterizing irrigation systems so that your system will be ready for next spring.
The Seed Farm is proud to announce two full time fellowship opportunities for hands on training in organic vegetable production. Graduates will have access to land and equipment to start their own farms and have the production planning and equipment training to qualify for farm management positions in the community.
The growing season has come to an end and I imagine you’re happy it is over too. However before you go into hibernation for the winter, take advantage of the dry fall we are experiencing and pull some soil samples. Fall soil sampling has a number of advantages.
La Extensión de Penn State está ofreciendo una serie de círculos de estudio bilingües para productores nuevos, jóvenes y minorías explorando la oportunidad de comenzar una carrera en horticultura. La primera sesión es el sábado 6 de Diciembre de 1 a 4 pm en el Centro de Extensión e Investigación de Frutas en Biglerville, PA.
Penn State Extension is offering a series of bi-lingual study circle networks for new, young and minority farmers exploring or starting a career in horticulture. The first session is Saturday, December 6, 1 to 4 pm at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center in Biglerville, PA.
Think about who your ideal CSA member is. Find them and keep them.
Pennsylvania crop farmers know that farming has never been a more complicated enterprise. Countless decisions must be made concerning variety selection, crop rotation, soil fertility, irrigation, weed control, insect and disease management, harvesting, marketing the crop, and labor, not to mention complying with associated regulations along the way. How can a busy farmer keep up?
So, you want to be a dairy farmer. Maybe you grew-up on the farm and are taking over ownership from your parents or grandparents, maybe you have worked on a dairy and milked cows for years, or maybe you're a novice to dairy farming but think dairy farming seems like a lifestyle for you. Whatever your background and experience, there are some things you need to know before you get started milking cows.
The Pennsylvania Women's Agricultural Network is working diligently to deliver another successful One-Day Networking Symposium - Women Farmers: Heroes of Our Communities, December 8, 2014, at the Penn Stater Conference Center, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Farmers Market Federation of NY and the NY Farm Viability Institute are cosponsoring an online course in Marketing aimed at farmers called Marketing for Profit: Tools for Success.
Cover crops can help improve soil quality, save manure nitrogen or fix nitrogen for the following crop, supply rescue forage and can lead to improved ground and surface water quality. Cover crops have a host of benefits, but there isn’t a single species that does it all. You need to determine what your goal is for your field and select a cover crop species that will do that.
Join us for light dinner and laughter as we learn about maximizing your ecology and profits through bio-intensive farming methods!